Karin Ruth Claxton

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August 8, 1972 - October 13, 2019
Born in Downers Grove, IL
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Claxton, Karin Ruth (nee Hudoc) of O’Fallon, MO, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019 at the age of 47. Beloved daughter of the late James and Ruth Hudoc; devoted mother of Tristan Claxton and Bethany Claxton; dear sister of Michael Hudoc and John Hudoc; and is also survived by her former-husband, Matthew J. Claxton, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Karin graduated in 1994 from University of Illinois in Champaign and began student teaching in the Chicago area. She got her dream job at a beautiful school called Landmark in McHenry, IL teaching beginning band for 6 years. Karin became a mother to her first born in 2001 to Tristan when she became a stay at home mom, her daughter Bethany followed in 2005. She was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed music and boating but loved her kids more than anything else in the world. Karin was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made in Karin's name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Anne Lunk October 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I knew Karin from our teaching days at Landmark School in McHenry, IL. A warm, caring fun gal who s rayed bonded with her colleagues even after leaving Landmark.

    My condolences to her family. She will be sorely missed. RIP Karin.

  2. Christine and Gene October 16, 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    candle 4Karin was my neighbor and will sincerely be missed!! She recently sent me flowers (because I helped her to catch Max (her beloved dog, who had gotten out of the house) – she didn’t have to do that because neighbors help each other BUT that is who she was! Our condolences to the family and loved ones! God’s speed Karin

  3. Chris Slepicka October 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    candle 8I knew Karin for 29 years, a beautiful person inside and out. Spoke with her at length in recent months, I’m greatful to have been able to call her a friend. You’ll be missed my friend but never forgotten. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  4. Daniel Fry October 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I knew Karin from our UI days, starting in 1990. I’m saddened by her passing and wish her and her friends and family comfort and peace.

    • Allie Kruzic October 26, 2019 at 12:48 am - Reply

      candle 5Karin just recently reminded me that sometimes it is good to not give advice. Sometimes all people want you to do for them is listen. It was a good lesson. Thank you for that moment Karin. Our late night chats will be missed.

  5. Brian Rybak October 17, 2019 at 2:08 am - Reply

    candle 7I first met Karin in 4th Grade and I’m glad to say we were friends since then. She has always been a big part of my life and she will be missed dearly. I’ll remember all the good times Karin and you’ll always be in my heart

  6. Julie Reardon October 17, 2019 at 6:08 am - Reply

    candle 7I am very sorry for your loss.

  7. Donna Kinslow October 17, 2019 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Karin I will miss your phone calls and lunches we had. Love you.

    Aunt Donna

  8. Trey Scavone October 17, 2019 at 8:57 am - Reply

    The Hudocs lived across the street from us when Karin and I lived on Elizabeth St in Lombard.. Some of my earliest memories are of attending Manor Hill and playing after school with Karin. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I wish the very best for her family.

  9. Denise Sladky October 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    candle 3You were a inspiration at Glenbard East. Someone who had it all together and very talented in music, softball and overall leadership. I bet you were a great mother too. Very sad that you are no longer with us but I think God has great things in store for you (God seems to take the good ones).

    Denise Sladky
    Class of 90’

  10. Marie Hesser October 19, 2019 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I met Karin at the Quail Ridge dog park. She came in with the cutest little Husky puppy named Maximus. Max made many furry friends at the dog parks. Karin had such a sense of humor she always had us laughing.
    Karin will be missed

  11. Eileen Messersmith October 20, 2019 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Karin was the adorable little blond girl next door to me (growing uo), who I babysat in her younger years. She was friends with my sister. She was always happy. I am so sorry Karin is no longer with us. I’m sure she had a heart of gold, and her spirit will live on in her beautiful children. Be at peace with your parents Karin. My heart pours out to the rest of your family. God bless.

  12. Deanne (Messersmith) Saucedo October 20, 2019 at 3:57 am - Reply

    The Hudocs lived next door to us in Lombard. Karin and her family were some of the first people in my life to teach me about kindness, friendship, and compassion. Her laugh and her light hold a special place in my heart along with treasured memories. I’m really sorry I cut your hair when we were three or four – that was probably a bad idea! Wishing her entire family strength and comfort.

  13. Matthew Claxton October 21, 2019 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    candle 4Thank you all for the outpouring of love and wishes! Tristan and Bethany are most appreciative of everyone’s support at this time, as are all family and friends. I have update the Everdays page with the dates and times for her services and will be updating this page as well. Peace be with you all at this time!

    • Chuck Garland October 24, 2019 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Hey, Matt. I can’t get the app to work. What is the information?

      • Matthew November 3, 2019 at 10:19 pm - Reply

        Chuck, sorry I haven’t checked in this last week. The service in Lombard will be on November 23rd. Hope to see you there!

  14. Huck ( matt ) October 21, 2019 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    candle 5What can I say ! She was definitely a great person and friend! My heart broke when I heard the news!

  15. MaryPat Petty October 22, 2019 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Karin always had the biggest smile and best laugh when we taught at Landmark. She absolutely loved her children and her fur babies! Lots of hugs to her family, she will be sorely missed!

  16. John Urbaniec October 23, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    candle 2Karin always had a great energy everywhere she went. I am just devastated with the news of her passing. I pray for her Family and especially the Kids. She will be missed tremendously…gone too soon.

  17. Kristi Rowe Tyler October 23, 2019 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I loved Karin and am so sad she is no longer with us. She was my friend and I miss her. I am praying for comfort in Jesus name for her children, who meant the world to her. I know she missed her parents a great deal and I pray she is with them now.

  18. Sean Smith October 24, 2019 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    candle 6I met Karin back when we were in the Marching Illini together. We remained friends and kept in touch off and on through all of these years. She left us way too soon. I am still in shock and at a loss for words. Karin, I am sure you and your parents were watching that Illini win against Wisconsin! See you on the other side

  19. Chuck Garland October 24, 2019 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    candle 3I knew Karin through the University of Illinois School of Music and the Marching Illini. She was a great friend during those days. Although “adulthood” tends to break connections between people, Facebook has this crazy way of reconnecting people. I feel very fortunate that I got to hang out with her at a tailgate for an Illinois football game a few years back. It was great to see an old friend after all those years and have the moment feel like we had never been apart. It still shocks me to know she is gone at such an early age. RIP, Karin. You will be missed.

  20. Jeanie Bomar October 24, 2019 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    candle 1You will be missed. Rest in peace dear friend❤

  21. Marie Hesser October 25, 2019 at 3:21 am - Reply

    candle 7Karin will be missed by many…she had such a great sense of humor.
    Prayers go out to the family friends and loved ones.
    I am so terribly sorry for your loss

  22. Thomas Ambroiggio October 25, 2019 at 7:53 am - Reply

    candle 6Karin is an amazing person and will be incredibly missed. She always brought joy to everyone that was apart of her life. I grew up with her in Lombard and have known her for decades. I will always remember her beautiful energy towards everyone and especially her smile that always lit up the room. Rest In Peace Karin and I’m sure your smiling in heaven. My deepest condolences to your children that I’m sure are just as amazing as you.

  23. Heather Royhl October 25, 2019 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    candle 2I knew Karin when we were kids as we went to the same church. And we spent time in Wyoming together as Girl Scouts. She’d hate that I’m making that public but it was one of the best times I’ve ever had and will always remember. We had just reconnected recently and talked quite a bit. She was a bright light that is gone way too soon. I miss her and her humor and kindness. I pray for her family and friends.

  24. Barbara Messersmith October 30, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    We lived next door to the Hudocs in Lombard for ten years. They were good neighbors and friends.We visited Karin’s parents a few times after moving to Texas. I see Ruth in Karin’s face in her picture. I never met Karin’s children but I feel for them and wish them the best in the future.

  25. Patrick Godfrey November 8, 2019 at 1:31 am - Reply

    candle 7So sorry to hear about the passing of Karin. I grew up in Wheaton, had been to her family bike shop, went to U of I, but wasn’t until moving to O’Fallon, IL that I met Karin. Amy and I were newlywed neighbors in O’Fallon and learned a lot from Karin as we started our new family. We were able to see how to react when your toddler paints on a wall and floor, or when they cast a brand-new rod into a lake! We had a great time following the Illini to the Rose Bowl in 2008 with Karin. Nothing got by her because on that trip she figured out Amy was pregnant with our first when nobody else in our family knew. So great to have shared that experience! As the military moved us, we lost touch but were fortunate to have recently reconnected on Facebook. On our move across the country, Karin was right there with us reminiscing about her family trips to some of the same locations. Tristan and Bethany, so sorry for the loss of you mom – our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family during this difficult time.

  26. Leslie DIGrazia-Hughes November 23, 2019 at 11:11 am - Reply

    candle 3My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Karin was a sweet wonderful caring woman, and it was an honor to know have her. She will be greatly missed. Praying for strength for the family. 🙏

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